your coaching checklist

Below is an overview of the skills and tactical concepts you should be coaching players at this stage of their hockey journey.

If you need help with understanding these skills, there are several videos that can be found here!

Skill
Grip
Basic grip
Hitting grip
Ball carrying

Running with the ball

Changing direction

Change of pace
Elimination
Dragging (L-R/R-L)
DistributionForehand push pass
Forehand ‘slap’ push pass
Reverse upright pass
ReceivingForehand & reverse open receiving
Forehand closed receiving
Basic movement/changing angles
Goal scoringForehand push/flick
Winning the ballFootwork
Forehand/reverse stick tackle
Forehand/reverse stick interception
GoalkeepingReady position
Balance
Clearing the ball (R/L foot)
Tactical Concepts

General concepts

Manipulating space & time
360 degree vision

Recognising passing lanes

Passing & moving

Defensive concepts
Understanding dangerous space
Interception mentality
Angles of approach
Creating/defending small spaces
Offensive concepts
Triangle play & possession
Positioning & structure
1v1 attacking strategies

Your weekly planner

Basics: Build & Improve (4 weeks)Relevant Drills

Week 1

Basic grip, running with the ball, forehand push pass, forehand & reverse open receiving, footwork

Wristed Passing, Diamond Loop, Triangle Shuffle, Weave, Zig-Zag, 
Week 2

Basic grip, running with the ball, forehand push pass, forehand & reverse open receiving, footwork

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Week 3

Basic & hitting grip, running with the ball & changing direction, forehand push pass, forehand & reverse open receiving, footwork & forehand/reverse stick tackle

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Week 4

Basic & hitting grip, running with the ball & changing direction, forehand push pass, forehand & reverse open receiving, footwork & forehand/reverse stick tackle


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Reinforce basics & introduce new skills (4 weeks)Relevant Drills

Week 5

Change of pace, Dragging (L-R/R-L), Forehand ‘slap’ push pass, Forehand closed receiving, Forehand push/flick

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Week 6

Change of pace, Dragging (L-R/R-L), Forehand ‘slap’ push pass, Forehand closed receiving, Forehand push/flick

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Week 7

Change of pace, Dragging (L-R/R-L), Forehand ‘slap’ push pass, Reverse upright pass, Basic movement/changing angles, Forehand closed receiving, Forehand push/flick, Forehand/reverse stick interception

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Week 8

Change of pace, Dragging (L-R/R-L), Forehand ‘slap’ push pass, Reverse upright pass, Basic movement/changing angles, Forehand closed receiving, Forehand push/flick, Forehand/reverse stick interception


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Reinforce new skills & add tactical concepts (3 weeks)Relevant Drills

Week 9

Manipulating space & time, 360 degree vision, Understanding dangerous space, Interception mentality, Triangle play & possession, Positioning & structure

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Week 10

Manipulating space & time, 360 degree vision, Understanding dangerous space, Interception mentality, Triangle play & possession, Positioning & structure

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Week 11

Manipulating space & time, 360 degree vision, Recognising passing lanes, Passing & moving, Understanding dangerous space, Interception mentality, Angles of approach, Creating/defending small spaces, Triangle play & possession, Positioning & structure, 1v1 attacking strategies

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Reinforce everything above together (2 weeks)Relevant Drills

Week 12

Manipulating space & time, 360 degree vision, Recognising passing lanes, Passing & moving, Understanding dangerous space, Interception mentality, Angles of approach, Creating/defending small spaces, Triangle play & possession, Positioning & structure, 1v1 attacking strategies

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Week 13

Manipulating space & time, 360 degree vision, Recognising passing lanes, Passing & moving, Understanding dangerous space, Interception mentality, Angles of approach, Creating/defending small spaces, Triangle play & possession, Positioning & structure, 1v1 attacking strategies

LongDrillTheFirst, LongDrillNametheSecond